Animal Facts

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  • Species:

    Acinonyx jubatus
  • Conservation

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  • Length:

    Body 110-150cm, tail 60-84cm
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Meet our charismatic Cheetah!

Five Cheetah call Monarto Zoo home, two males and four females. Each Cheetah plays an important role within the zoo as well as to the greater region.

Saadani, one of our males, was born in 2011 and arrived at Monarto Zoo from the Netherlands in 2013. Our other male, Innes, arrived from National Zoo and Aquarium in 2016. Both males will play an important role in introducing new genetics into the region and will hopefully father future litters.

Nakula is our most successful breeding female with 2012 being a particularly busy year with six Cheetah cubs born! In June 2012 Nakula surprised us all with the birth of a singleton cub who we named Kwatile. As singleton cubs have a low survival rate, the decision was made to hand-rear Kwatile. Kwatile has developed into a beautiful Cheetah with a cheeky, playful personality. In October the same year, Nakula gave birth again to a litter of five, three females and two males. Two of the female Cheetah remain at Monarto, Kesho and Milele to be a part of future breeding programs.

Lucky participants on our Behind the Scene Cheetah Interactive get the chance to meet Kwatile. Kwatile is an important animal ambassador, raising awareness to Africa’s most endangered big cat, and the challenges her wild cousins face for survival in the wild. By participating in this animal experience you can make a big difference to Cheetah conservation!

We work hard to make sure our Cheetah are kept mentally and physically stimulated and provide new toys, treats and scents on a daily basis. One of their favourite toys is a lure, which enables them to use their impressive speed to catch a tasty treat as it zips across their habitat.

The Cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. Uniquely adapted for speed, the Cheetah is capable of reaching speeds greater than 100kph in just over three seconds and at top speed their stride is seven meters long. They have excellent eyesight which they use to scan their environment for prey.

Females live alone except for when they’re raising cubs, while males form a coalition with a sibling or unrelated male and stay together for life.

The Cheetah is Africa’s most endangered big cat with an estimated 6,700 cats remaining in the wild of eastern and south-western Africa. The problem, as with many other species fighting extinction, is complex and multifaceted, but can be attributed to issues such as habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and the illegal wildlife trade.

Love Cheetah? Join our coalition and ensure Cheetah stay a pounce ahead of extinction! There are many ways you can help support these beautiful cats. 

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